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Related to Airplane Arms. The standard Ninja Run is this:

  • Body tilted forward, low to the ground.
  • One forearm crooked in front of the body, apparently to block attacks (two fingers held in front of the mouth optional but prevalent).
  • The other arm behind the back, ready to pull out a bladed weapon.

If the ninja carries a blade while running like this, it is always held in a Reverse Grip.

Examples of Ninja Run include:

Anime and Manga


  • Jiro and most of the other ninja from Dagger of Kamui. One scene has Jiro and his freshly hired Redshirt Army doing a Power Ninja Run against a rising sun, even drawing their blades in unison.

Live Action TV


  • This was recently added as a travel power as part of the purchasable "Martial Arts Super Booster Pack" in City of Heroes. It makes an excellent substitute travel power for character concepts that wouldn't exactly be able to leap tall buildings or run at the speed of light. It's even called Ninja Run.
  • Shaiya Assassins and Rangers are fond of doing this, as they're very much ninja-like in this game.
  • In Lineage 2, the Dark Elves running animation(but females use without the forearm crooked in front of the body).

Video Games

  • The demon hunters in Warcraft III.
  • Strider, but only in the Capcom vs. Whatever games and the second Strider game.
  • The player character in Jade Empire runs like this when in focus mode. Also, whenever Master Li runs.
  • Mai Shiranui runs exactly in this way in the King of Fighters series, despite not carrying any weapon on her back.
  • Phantom from Mega Man Zero.
  • Yoshimitsu from Tekken can be seen doing this in his victory cinematic from Tekken 5.
  • Ryu Hayabusa, (duh), does this in cutscenes. In game, he runs like a normal person. Or maybe more like a normal person who was awesome.
  • Shinobu in No More Heroes.
  • Ninja chicks (Midori, Mizuki, Luna, Misa) in the arcade The Punisher. And they do this in high heels.
  • Joe Musashi of Shinobi.
  • Taki from the Soul Calibur series.
  • Espio the Chameleon in Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Sheik in Super Smash Bros.
  • Guy in the Street Fighter series.
  • Shen in League of Legends moves in this manner, complete with the index and middle finger of the front arm outstreched and the other arm behind his back, ready to throw blades. His incredibly slow pace really makes it more of a Ninja Stalk, however.
  • Kotaro in Sengoku Basara runs like this, with one hand on his sword hilt. Sasuke and Kasuga too, although both holding a weapon in each hand. Also Magoichi, despite not being a ninja.
  • Assassins in Guild Wars do this while under the influence of a speed boost. To their credit, unless they're wielding daggers at the time they will sprint in a more standard fashion; daggers are always dual-wielded and held in a standard grip in both hands, meaning it's actually fairly practical to run like this (one dagger is ready to block attacks, the other one is in a position to use as much of your momentum as possible for a strike).
  • Sol Badguy, Milia Rage and Chip Zanuff in Guilty Gear.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, the Player character does this when sprinting in Third-Person while Dual-Wielding.

Western Animation

  • In the DC Animated Universe, Batman often runs in a similar manner with both arms concealed beneath his cloak, presumably to quickly draw any weapons or tools and without telegraphing his actions.

Real Life

  • A modified version of this run is used by modern soldiers to reduce their profile. The soldier runs partially bent or hunched over with head down so that any bullets aimed at his head will strike the helmet, and with his weapon held closely in front of him.
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